The 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships was held June 8-10, on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The championships, which serve as the premier youth rowing event in the United States, includes approximately 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes.
A second place finish in the Women's 2- (pair) in the B Final highlighted WRR's last day of racing at the Youth National Championships as Kaira Lay and Sam Prado was fast off the line holding their position down the course and crossing the finish line less than one second off the first place boat. This ranks them 8th in the nation in the Women's 2-.
Drew Ellis stayed in the top three down the length of the race course pulling himself into the lead at the 500-meter mark and across the finish line despite a last-minute push at 250 meters from Commencement Bay to overtake him. It was a photo finish of just over half a second between them. Drew ranks 13th in the nation in the Men's single after his first try at Nationals in the challenging Men's 1x event.
“It was terrific to qualify 2 boats for this race. These White Rock rowers did their club, their families and themselves proud by racing with all they had in all 6 races down the 2018 National Championship race course and ending up in 8th and 13th in the country in their respective events", said Ed Golding, White Rock Rowing’s Varsity Girl's coach.